Book Forum

Why Africa Is Poor and What Africans Can Do about It

(The Penguin Group, 2010)

October 6, 2010 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Auditorium/Wintergarden

Featuring the author Greg Mills, Director, Brenthurst Foundation, South Africa; with comments by Marian L. Tupy, Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute; moderated by Ian Vásquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

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Economic growth does not require a secret formula. While countries from Asia to Latin America have emerged from poverty, Africa has failed to realize its potential in the 50 years since independence. Greg Mills, the former director of the South African Institute of International Affairs and one of South Africa’s most respected commentators, confronts the myths surrounding African development. He shows that African poverty was not caused by poor infrastructure, lack of market access or insufficient financial resources. Instead, the main reason Africans are poor is because their leaders have made bad policy choices. Please join us to hear why a growing number of African opinion makers and ordinary citizens believe that to emerge from poverty, Africa must embrace a far greater degree of political and economic freedom.